The new year is bringing some historical changes to the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW). For the first time ever, a woman will lead the association as the board chair. Laurie Aronson, President and CEO of Lipsey’s LLC, was elected as Chairwoman of the Board during the 2018 annual NASGW Expo in Pittsburgh, PA.
Aronson has served as an NASGW board of directors member since 2012, serving as its treasurer, vice chairman, and now chairwoman for a two-year term. She also serves on other national industry boards such as the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the American Suppressor Association, and several other industry committee appointments. Aronson is also the President and CEO of Haspel, LLC.
“I am honored to serve this impactful trade organization,” said Aronson. “We represent 35 distributors in our industry and play a meaningful role in the shooting sports category. My father, Richard Lipsey, also served as the NASGW Chairman several years ago. I am so excited to continue to work with our members to make a difference in our industry.”
“This is an exciting time for NASGW,” said Kenyon Gleason, NASGW President. “Laurie grew up in this industry and she knows the ins and outs while garnering the utmost respect of manufacturers and wholesalers alike. I am excited to work with her as she takes the reigns in 2019.”
Stefanie Zanders, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Zanders Sporting Goods, joins Laurie Aronson on the leadership team as NASGW Vice Chair, making their appointments unprecedented in the shooting sports industry. Aronson and Zanders began their 2-year terms on January 1, 2019.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers was organized in 1953 and incorporated in 1954. The Association was originally identified as the Sporting Goods Jobbers Association. In 1962 the name was officially changed, and manufacturers and reps were invited to join as Associate members. The NASGW is the organizer and sponsor of the industry’s former Hunting Show, now known as the NASGW Annual Meeting/Expo Event. This annual event provides an unmatched educational, marketing and communications opportunity for the hunting and shooting sports wholesaler, manufacturer and sales professional.
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